Displaced persons and the politics of international categorisation(s)

Persian, Jayne (2012) Displaced persons and the politics of international categorisation(s). Australian Journal of Politics and History, 58 (4). pp. 481-496. ISSN 0004-9522

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Abstract

Between 1947 and 1952 170,000 Displaced Persons (DPs) arrived in Australia as International Refugee Organisation (IRO)-sponsored refugees. This article sets out the international historical and political context for the migration of DPs to Australia, and interrogates the 'bureaucratic labelling' inherent in the category 'Displaced Persons'. The post-war refugees were presented internationally as 'Displaced Persons', 'refugees', “political refugees” and eventually, in an effort to solve the population crisis, as potential 'workers' and 'migrants'. This article will describe the historical origin of the terms 'Displaced Persons', 'refugees', 'political exiles' and 'migrants' — terms which were, and continue to be, relevant and problematic.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 05:30
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 03:53
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2012.01648.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29544

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